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30 ironic phrases to give a twist to life

30 ironic phrases to give a twist to life

September 6, 2022

Communicating is an art, and one that can be difficult to master . The use of the lexicon, the rhythm, the intonation, the non-verbal language that accompanies, qualifies or even denies what is expressed orally or the context in which it is applied are aspects to be taken into account when interpreting a message, whose meaning can be vary according to the intentionality of the issuer.

The use of figures such as irony are a sample of the high level of richness that our language has and its connection with our cognitive and social capacities. In this article we offer you as an example of this a series of ironic phrases .

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The irony

Irony is understood to be the use of language through which we use our oral expressions, suggesting either the opposite of what we are really saying or something other than what would be interpreted simply by the meaning of our words. In many cases the ironic sense is evidenced through the use of non-verbal language. or it is only visible due to the situation in which it is issued. Usually used in comic, acid and / or cynical .


It is important not to identify irony with sarcasm. Although it can be considered that the second is a subtype of irony, in sarcasm we intend to make a harmful use of our message. That is, irony is used to insult or criticize the receiver. Although irony can be critical, it does not have to be offensive.

About thirty ironic phrases

Following are a series of phrases full of irony, in which it can be seen that the meaning given by the sender to the message is not the same as the words per se or even the opposite. Some of them can be considered sarcastic.

1. What a good day! Fancy walking under this summer sun

Irony when there is a storm, hail or extreme cold.


2. I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go to another room to read a book

The irony of this phrase of Groucho Marx is that it is to avoid watching television what makes its author consider his educational presence, and not television itself as it seems to say in the first sentence.

3. Do not suffer so much, please

Usually by way of reproach, someone is usually told to be totally calm and even cheerful in a tense situation.

4. Marriage is the main cause of divorce

In this sentence you could be talking about the causes of divorces, but ironically the requirement is used to be able to divorce (which is to be married) as if it were their cause.

5. I will put your opinions in my bank account, to see if over time I generate some interest

A way to tell someone that their opinions on certain issues are not valued positively.


6. If you do not tell me I do not even notice

The ironic use occurs when it is used in situations in which we communicate something that we know about and is evident.

7. I like you when you shut up because you are absent

Although part of a poem by Pablo Neruda, this phrase is sometimes used in an ironic way to indicate someone to shut up because it bothers.

8. It was so good that I left it so that someone else could enjoy it / It's so disgusting that I'm going to finish it, lest someone get intoxicated

A way of saying that a meal was not exactly to our liking / we love it.

9. You must be very tired after so much work ...

Ironic if used with someone who has spent the day sleeping or doing nothing.

10. What good luck I have!

This phrase is ironic when it is used when something bad or unwanted happens.

11. Very funny. I'm crying with laughter. Seriously, I stumble.

When someone says something out of place, he makes a joke that bothers us or leaves us cold.

12. Keep talking please. Yawning is my way of showing you how much I'm interested in what you have to say to me

A way to make clear the lack of interest in what they are telling us or trying to sell. This phrase is clearly sarcastic.

13. We did not expect you so soon

It is used as irony when someone is late.

14. Angry me? How do you think that nonsense?

When someone has done something that provokes our anger and did not expect our reaction, he usually asks us about it. This type of ironic response tends to make our anger clear.

15. Do not talk so much or my head will explode

An irony that is used is in a group and nobody tries or dares to start or hold a conversation.

16. I've never seen anything so wonderful

Employed with irony would refer to something that we did not like at all and in fact we have found it horrifying.

17. Go, little angel!

It is used to refer to someone who is not characterized precisely by his kindness and good behavior towards others but for the opposite.

18. Nice way to answer

Irony used as a reproach to an angry or out of place response.

19. Experience is something wonderful. It allows you to recognize an error when you commit it again

The irony of this phrase is that the person who commits it has just repeated an error previously committed, which in principle should have been allowed to avoid.

20. If you do not read the newspaper you are not informed. If you read it, you are uninformed

This phrase of Mark Twain reflects the lack of objectivity of the press and indicates that ironically instead of informing those who read it, they are uninformed when said information is biased and / or manipulated.

21. If you have no enemies, it is something you have not done well

When we do things well and achieve our goals, it is common for other people to hate, envy or criticize us because of our success. The irony lies in the fact that doing things well and with good intentions is what usually leads to having some kind of enemies.

22. My opinion may have changed, but not the fact that I am right

The fact that he had to change his mind implies that he was previously in an error, so this is an ironic attempt to make him see that both before and after he thought he was right.

23. Do not get so excited

Phrase that is used when they give us an unexpected and apparently good news to which we do not have an immediate reaction or the news or situation in question does not cause us the reaction that the other expects.

24. I'm so smart that sometimes I do not understand a word of what I say

A phrase by Oscar Wilde.

25. A good listener often thinks about something else

This phrase of Hubbard makes reference to that often the one that seems that he is listening with total attention is ironically the one that less case is doing when being absorbed in his thoughts.

26. No, I was not sleeping. I practice for when I die.

A somewhat brutal way of showing that we were actually asleep and awakened.

27. Thank you!

When someone does not do something that was agreed in advance, does not lend their help when necessary or even do something that hurts us, a thank you is ironic.

28. I never heard anything so accurate

It is used in an ironic way when someone says something absurd.

29. It is clear that I have let myself win!

Irony can also be used with oneself, making evident in this case that it has been justly lost.

30. How could I not give you permission for that?

This phrase is ironic when it is used to make it appear that what you are asking for is not going to be granted.


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